Don’t Blame Us, Says Ammunition Maker After Army’s 35-crore Gun Explodes

When the barrel of India’s brand-new ultra-light and long-range artillery gun exploded during a field trial a few days ago, the damage was attributed by army sources to home-made ammunition.

But today, in a statement to NDTV, the state-owned manufacturer of the ammunition seemed to suggest that the failure was not unusual. “The number of rounds successfully fired during user trial with ERFB BT ammunition from M-777 howitzer gun were more than 1,100 and the round in which malfunction occurred was 1164th round,” said Dr U Mukherjee, a spokesperson for the manufacturer.

Senior officers of the army told NDTV that the manufacturer’s explanation was unacceptable and that they expect consistency in the quality of ammunition supplied to them. Read More…

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